Grahame Morris MP

Member of Parliament for Easington

Rebuilding Social Security

April 9, 2019 Blog 0

Easington MP Grahame Morris is asking local residents to participate in Labour’s consultation on the future of social security in the UK.

Labour has vowed to completely overhaul the social security system and rebuild the principles on which it was founded so that people are supported rather than punished.

The roll-out of Universal Credit, the government’s flagship welfare reform project, has been fraught with problems and has faced repeated criticism from welfare charities and MPs.

There has been intense criticism of the government’s handling of assessment processes and support for disabled people.

Recently, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Amber Rudd admitted that the long wait for the first payment under Universal Credit may have led to more people using food banks, which the Conservative government previously denying a link.

Labour is carrying out a root and branch review of the social security system. The party has also pledged to stop the roll-out of Universal Credit and deliver a system that supports people when they need it.

Grahame Morris MP said:

“Our social security system, once set up to support people, has lost its way.

“Instead of providing stability, the current government is tearing away the safety net that should be there for any of us when we need it.

“Labour believes that this must change.

“Whether you’re a Labour Party member or not, we want to hear your views on how the next Labour government should tackle the challenges our country faces and build a more equal Britain for the many, not the few.”

Margaret Greenwood MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, said:

“It’s really important that we have a social security system that people can rely on when they need it.

“That’s why the Labour Party is inviting people from across the country to put forward their ideas about what our future social security system should look like.

“We want to hear from as broad a range of people as possible, so if you currently use social security, or even if you have never had to, please do get involved.

“With your help, Labour will completely overhaul the current system, rebuild it and restore dignity at its heart.”

Labour’s consultation runs until Sunday 30 June 2019 and can be accessed via: Labour Policy Forum: Rebuilding Social Security

People can respond to the consultation online or by post. Labour Party members can also get involved through their local party or via regional policy forums.

You can request an accessible version of the consultation documents from

policydevelopment@labour.org.uk or by writing to Labour Central, Kings Manor, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6PA.